Peter Baggenstoss


Piano & Jazz Studies Instructor

B.S. Piano Performance, Mathematics University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Music education can teach us things like creativity, discipline, flexibility, and the ability to cooperate with others, but most importantly it can simply make life more enjoyable.”

Born in northern Minnesota, Peter Baggenstoss (He/Him/His) grew up studying piano, saxophone, and guitar. Moving to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he received a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance. In addition to receiving classical and jazz training at the university, he has also studied non-western music traditions from West Africa and Brazil. An active performer in the Madison area, he can be seen with award-winning groups playing a diverse range of styles such as funk, jazz, rock, classical, reggae, samba, afrobeat, and others.

As an educator, Peter uses his knowledge of many musical styles to cater to a student’s needs. He has been a member of the Prairie Music & Arts faculty since 2014, teaching piano and jazz. While always stressing a strong foundation in music theory, he aims to give students the skills they need to succeed as a musician. Away from the music studio, he is an avid biker, but enjoys any time spent outdoors, especially camping and hiking.